Dean Koontz’s Night Chills

Overview: Paul Annendale has been taking Rya and Mark out camping in the forest surrounding Black River, Maine since his son was two. The past few years have been both more important and difficult. But not even Annie’s death can prepare Paul or his children for this year’s excursion.

Story Telling: This novel is structured more like “Innocence” was. The chronology is a bit mixed until the last half of the book.

Likes: Sam’s search for the truth about how Hitler gained control over the nation was something to be admired.

Paul took what time he would to spend with his children. It showed his devotion.

Dislikes: Mark’s fate threw me here. This isn’t Mr. Koontz’s MO. Also there seems to be an over emphasis on sex in this novel. It’s a bit of a shock, if you come to this book after some of his newer works.

Salsbury, Dawson, and Klinger had serious problems. They sought to have more control than was good for them.

Favorite Character: It’s Sam. His moral character and strength of will made him someone you would want watching your back.

Favorite Quote: Sam’s reasoning is pretty spot on here. “Does what happened to him when he was eleven justify what he did to Mark? If Salsbury wins, if he takes control over everyone, does it matter what happened to him when he was eleven?”

Favorite Scene: The time the Annendales and Edisons spend in Sam’s library after they found Mark was pretty good.

Conclusion: While I understand why “Night Chills” took the path it did, this is one of my least favorite Dean Koontz novels. It’s still good because it is one of Dean Koontz’s.

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Milo Swanton’s Fealty to the King-The Children of Cain 1

I received this book courtesy of Mr. Swanton for the purpose of a fair and honest review.

Overview: Brutez has a dream. A dream to se the tribes of the Snarshyim collected under one banner. In his mind, they are all related, there is no reason for all the fighting. This is his story, of course he gets some unexpected help.

Story Telling: Mr. Swanton has a gift for world building. The tribes are well developed. And the characters’ thoughts were easy to follow.

Likes: A story leading to peace is something to celebrate. Brutez is determined to find peace for all there is of the Snarshyim.

Dislikes: This is a rather bloody book. Not exactly one of my preferences. And then there is the aspect of these characters being related to Cain. Granted they aren’t shown in the worst light. I just see it as a dangerous precipice. Using Biblical characters, or–as in this case–their descendents, is a slippery slope.

Favorite Scene: My favorite parts had to be Jorgis’s journey to understand the scrolls that he and his friend found, or when God’s word came to the Snarshyim.

Conclusion: In my opinion, this book should be read by those firm in their faith. For the most part, it’s an okay story, just too bloody for me.

Consuella Harris’s The Surrogates

I received this book courtesy of Mrs. Harris for the purpose of a fair and honest review.

Overview: Keith Brown has been offered a deal of the century. Valerie Scovall, a judge now but a lawyer several years ago, has hired him to find out what happened to two men who ran a Surrogate program, Lake Shore Parenting Group, quite a few years a ago. Was it murder or an accident.

Story Telling: For the most part, this story was told in a first person point-of-view in Keith’s perspective. There is one scene that is a bit jarring though. It’s when Keith and Valerie meet. The scene is in first person, up until Keith walks in Valerie’s office, then it switches to third person so to describe Keith.

Likes: Keith’s doggedness is to be admired.

Dislikes: This is a drama filled story. One that suffers from somebody trying to be too politically correct. For fun see if you can identify the gay, black, white, and liberal characters. Really the worst part is that for a mystery, there wasn’t many mysterious thing happening. Where was the intrigue, the clues being dropped, the investigation of the murders?

Conclusion: It’s not going to be to everyone’s tastes. Hope you like listening to drama queens when you pick this one up.